February 17 2013 02:23PM
On the heels of a 4-3 regulation loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Friday, the Canucks will look to get back on track against Ken Hitchcock, David Backes and the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. The Blues are off to a slow start this season relative to expectations, but make no mistake: this is a very, very good possession team and they'll represent a stiff test for the Canucks. That is if their goaltending holds...
Read on past the jump.
February 17 2013 11:17AM
In a different universe, this doesn't happen.
The puck never hits him in the eye; he doesn't need major surgery to save his eye; there doesn't have to be a major comeback. No decision is ever forced about his elite-level usefulness by the pressures of a salary cap.
But of course it doesn't work this way.
March 16th, 2011. That's when it all changed, when control was lost.
We all like to believe that we control our lives, that ultimately we have influence in what happens next. Oftentimes, this is the case. But in many instances, it's not.
February 17 2013 11:15AM
After the jump: the single-biggest story in the NHL last week, a mess of trades, injuries, and trade rumours, how bloggers are once again undermining Western society, and Graphic Comments. Also - and this is important - the Winnipeg Jets' all-time greatest moustaches.
February 16 2013 04:20PM
Henrik Sedin, in fitting fasion, delivered his record-setting assist on a silver platter to Alex Burrows last night. I had the above graphic created to pay tribute to Sedin's riduclously amazing saucer passes, and it is only fitting that he delivered the sauce while setting the Canucks all time record for points. Oh, and the Canucks lost the game, but let's ignore that for the next little while.
Sedin had a great game last night (as did the rest of the Canucks top line). They had Dallas hemmed in their own zone on multiple occasions, especially at even strength. It was arguably the best game of the season for either Henrik or Daniel, and with Ryan Kesler now healthy (and he was launching one-timer bombs all night long), the Vancouver offense should really get rolling now.
Mr. Drance did a great job with the game recap, so I won't dive into too many of the other details from last night's action. Instead, I want to break down the Burrows goal frame by frame.
February 16 2013 12:22AM
Photo Credit: (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
In what was a historic Friday night game for Henrik Sedin and Vancouver's NHL franchise, the Dallas Stars - owned by Vancouver businessman and Aquilini rival Tom Gagliardi - were fortunate to narrowly defeat the Canucks in regulation. Beyond the Gagliardi connection, this was a defeat with a decidedly local flavour: the winning goal was scored by Surrey native Brenden Dillon and assisted on by Victoria's Jamie Benn, the game tying goal was scored by Antoine Roussel who first broke into the professional ranks in the fall of 2011 with the Canucks organization, and also Dallas employs a dude named Aaron Rome who was probably the difference this evening.
It's ironic really, because the Canucks were the superior club througout on Friday and arguably put together their best sixty-minutes of hockey this season. Heading into Frirday night's game the Canucks had relied on goaltending so airtight it was downright indecent, and they were due some unfortunate breaks in their own end of the rink. Luck evens out eventually, and it caught up to the Canucks and Cory Schneider in a big way against the Stars. Read on past the jump for more.